Academy Nominations

Each year, Senator McCain has the privilege of nominating a select group of Arizona high school graduates for appointment to the United States Military Service Academies: the United States Air Force Academy, United States Merchant Marine Academy, United States Military Academy and United States Naval Academy. Please see below for information on how to apply. 


Eligibility Requirements

Age: Applicant must be at least 17 years old, but not yet 23 years of age on July 1st of the year of admission (25th birthday for the Merchant Marine Academy).

Citizenship: Applicant must be a United States citizen, and a legal and permanent resident of Arizona.

Marital Status: Applicant must be unmarried, not pregnant, and have no legal obligation to support children or other dependents.

Application Process

Submit a completed application packet no later than THURSDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2018 at 5:00PM MST to my Phoenix Office.  You may submit the application by mail, fax, email or by dropping it off in person at the Phoenix Office.  Please keep in mind that an original copy of your official transcript is required, and it must be mailed or dropped off in person.  

Via Mail

U.S. Senator John McCain
ATTN: Academy Staffer
2201 East Camelback Road

Suite 115

Phoenix, Arizona 85016

Via Fax


Via Email


Your application packet should include:

1)  Completed Application          

Click Here to view, complete and print the application

2)  Personal Statement

One page essay discussing the reasons why you are interested in attending a U.S. Service Academy

3)  List of extracurricular activities

Resume format - A summary of your extracurricular activities and length of time involved in each activity, employment experience, honors, awards and other personal achievements

4)  Official High School/College Transcript

5)  SAT and/or ACT test scores

Reporting SAT code for Senator McCain: 4472

Reporting ACT code for Senator McCain: 7106

Copies of ACT or SAT scores will not be accepted. Scores attached to high school transcripts will not be accepted.

6) Three Letters of Recommendation

Only three letters of recommendation will be accepted. Suggested recommendations: school principal, teachers, guidance counselor, military officers, employers, or coaches. Recommendations from friends or relatives are not acceptable.


In addition to obtaining a Congressional nomination, you will need to complete a requisite admissions application with the academy, or academies, to which you are applying. You can contact each academy by using the following links:

U.S. Air Force Academy

U.S. Merchant Marine Academy

U.S. Military Academy at West Point

U.S. Naval Academy 

Constituents also have the opportunity to attend the United States Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut. Unlike the academies mentioned above, the U.S. Coast Guard Academy does not require a congressional nomination. Interested applicants should visit their website or email The Admissions Office of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy for more information. 

QUESTIONS: Please contact Jana Pierce in our Phoenix office at 602-952-2410 or via email